A Senator from Nevada; born in Reno, Washoe County, Nev., August 2, 1922; attended the public schools of Carson City, Nev.; attended Santa Clara (Calif.) University 1940-1943; served in the U.S. army during the Second World War; graduated, University of Denver 1949 and University of Denver Law School 1949; admitted to the Nevada bar in 1949 and commenced practice in Carson City; district attorney, Ormsby County, Nev., 1950-1954; city attorney, Carson City 1951-1954; Nevada lieutenant governor 1963-1967; Governor of Nevada 1967-1971; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate November 5, 1974, for the six-year term commencing January 3, 1975; subsequently appointed by the Governor, December 18, 1974, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Alan Bible for the term ending January 3, 1975; reelected in 1980 and served from December 18, 1974, to January 3, 1987; did not seek reelection in 1986; lawyer/consultant, practicing in Washington, D.C.; is a resident of McLean, Va.
He is survived by his widow, Carol Laxalt, whom he married in 1976; by two brothers, John Laxalt of Las Vegas and Peter Laxalt of Reno, Nev.; and a sister, Susan Laxalt of Las Vegas.
He is also survived by six children from his first marriage to Jackalyn Ross Laxalt, which ended in divorce in 1972. They are Gail Johnson, Sheila Lokan, John Paul Laxalt, Michelle Laxalt, Kevin Laxalt, and Kathleen Laxalt. He is also survived by a daughter from his second marriage, Denise Laxalt, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.